Thursday, May 6, 2010

A taste of relaxation

Bartenders pour it on for mom’s special day

Taking mom out for brunch on Mother’s Day is a fine way to let her know you love her. But perhaps what she’d really enjoy is a night out at a chic boite and a tasty cocktail? Either way, she’s sure to appreciate the pampering, after all, being a mom is stressful business. We queried bartenders about what they’re serving for thirsty moms this weekend and beyond. 

Kate Moore , sommelier, L’Espalier
The Rhubarb Cobbler (Hendrick’s gin, spiced rhubarb simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, rosé, soda, $12). “This cocktail is really about the senses, trying to involve smell, sight, even touching the glass. It’s a balance of what is seasonal and local and delicious: flavors of rhubarb poached in a beautiful syrup of spices and an aromatic gin naturally infused with rose and cucumber, as well as the season’s first rosé from Provence.’’ 774 Boylston St., Boston. 617-262-3023.
Lynn Bennett , bar manager, Bambara
Flowering Mimosa (St. Germain, champagne, hibiscus flower, lime juice, $9). “This drink is seasonal, refreshing and light. St. Germain and champagne together is a favorite combination of mine. It’s effervescent and sweet without being too overpowering, and an ideal way to start any Mother’s Day.’’ (Available only on Mother’s Day.) 25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge. 617-868-4444.

Wioletta Zywina , owner, Da Vinci Ristorante
Isabella d’Esta (Christiana vodka, limoncello, fresh mint, Prosecco, $12). “The Isabella d’Esta is the perfect drink for Mother’s Day because it pays homage to one of the leading women of the Italian Renais sance era who also mothered eight children. The drink is on the sweeter side, but it is very crisp and refreshing with the incorporation of the fresh mint and Prosecco.’’ 162 Columbus Ave., Boston. 617-350-0007.

Steve Dubinsky, general manager, Aquitaine Dedham
Mere Douce (Grey Goose La Poire, Mathilde peach liqueur, peach puree, champagne, $11.50). “Mere douce means ‘sweet mom’ in French. It was created by our resident mom bartender who has twin 1-year-olds for a fellow mom who came in wanting something sweet and summery. It’s available only on the special Mother’s Day menu, but it can be made by request on other days.’’ Aquitaine Dedham, 500 Legacy Place, Dedham. 781-471-5212.

Brian Piccini , owner, dbar
Cucumber Gin Rose Blossom (Hendrick’s gin, Framboise and fresh sours, sparkling wine, served with a long stem rose on the side, $9.50) “The unique, soft, rose petal and cucumber infused Hedrick’s gin with its unusual array of botanicals is the perfect grain spirit that we brilliantly interpret by adding dbar’s fresh Framboise and sours with a touch of sparkling wine for uplifting Mom on her day off.’’ (Available only on Mother’s Day.) 1236 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester. 617-265-4490.

Christina Williams , bartender, BiNA Osteria
Mommy Dearest (Prosecco, Framboise, muddled raspberries, $12). “For many families celebrating Mother’s Day means taking mom out to brunch, because, let’s face it, no one else can cook breakfast quite like she can. Since brunch tends to be on the earlier side of the day, we wanted to create a light champagne cocktail type drink. The sparkling wine creates a great effervescent base to the cocktail, allowing the muddled raspberries and Framboise liqueur to float delicately in the flute and create a fun, pink color.’’ 581 Washington St., Boston. 617-956-0888.

Jack Huang , owner, Basho Japanese Brasserie
Cucumber Spa Martini (Thatcher’s organic cucumber liquor, vodka, sake, mint, and lime, $12). “If the ideal Mother’s Day involves a day at the spa and a cocktail with family, Basho’s Cucumber Spa Martini combines the best of both worlds. The soothing, mild flavor of cucumber carefully balances out the vodka in this martini, as well as the sake, which is our signature Japanese touch. Add fresh lime and mint and this cocktail is a natural spring drink.’’ 1330 Boylston St., Boston. 617-262-1338 

Michael FitzPatrick, bar manager, Tremont 647
Mommy’s Medicine (Monmousseau Rosé, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, fresh strawberries, $9). “Mommy’s Medicine is a lifetime achievement award to all the hard-working mommies out there for a job well done. This glass of unconditional love is a reflection of what I love about my mom, a mixture of her genuine sweetness with her effervescent personality that’s spicier than a gingersnap. And for mothers-to-be we will have the Maternity Leave which is a nonalcoholic version with AJ Stephens Ginger Beer, fresh strawberry, and lime for $4.’’ 647 Tremont St., Boston. 617-266-4600.

Sala Chnioui, director of food and beverage, Stanhope Grille at the Back Bay Hotel
Orange Mojito (Bacardi Orange rum, muddled oranges, limes, mint, and sugar over crushed ice, $14). “After all the hard work that moms do day in and day out, why wouldn’t they appreciate something handmade especially for them? The Orange Mojito is a light, fun, and fresh cocktail. Mother’s Day is the unofficial kick-off to summer, and this special concoction will remind every mother that the sun is just around the corner. ’’ 350 Stuart St., Boston. 617-532-3827.
Mike Stankovich , bar manager, the Biltmore
La Rosa Margarita (Gran Centenario Rosangel hibiscus infused tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh lemon, agave nectar, rosewater, Rosé, $8). “This drink works well because the subtle hibiscus flavor of the tequila blends well with the complexity of the rosewater. Then after those flavors, you get the nice zest of fresh lemon. And Mother’s Day this year follows closely after Cinco de Mayo, so the margarita aspect of the drink is nice, as is the sparkling wine aspect for our Mother’s Day brunch.’’ (Available through Wednesday.) 1205 Chestnut St., Newton Upper Falls. 617-527-2550.

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